Post subject: AK's back on!... Alaska photo dump 2013
Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 11:59 pm
Joined: Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:42 am Posts: 298 Location: Girdwood, AK!!!
Well, I hope it's back on because I'm gonna start posting all my trips from 2013 here rather than multiple TRs. I hope there are some other Alaskan splitters out there to join me and post up some photos here as well. My last report/adventure was in late September/early October. Then, then it got clear and cold and the 3 to 10" of snow faceted and started growing into enormous hoar crystals. In mid to late November we got a little more snow and a lot of wind creating a foot deep wind slab over about a foot of hoar frost. Then more cold temps and clear skies followed by wind, very high winds, and finally snow, lots of snow. Some would say too much snow...
Then more winds came in and the resorts chair lift situation got even worse, way worse...
The tram rammed into the tram tower and lodged itself there. Happy New Year!!!
Then along with the wind came more rain and turned our precious snow to ice, lots and lots of ice. A virtual ice rink you might say...
Then February came. The resort started opening "outer" areas, meaning areas other than groomed runs. The tram was released from the tram tower and a counter weight put in its place. On Valentines Day the tram was opened back up to the public and snow has started falling again.
Snow has been falling and falling finally, covering up the horrible instabilities that lurk below. So for now, winter fun is on! Here's a look at some of the mountains around Turnagain Pass on Presidents day...
and the blower that they hold!!!
Aaaahhhh Presidents day. Better late than never. Thank you Ullr!!!
_________________ If you had a moderate chance of being shot in a bar, would you go in? -Tom Kimbrough, former Utah forcaster
Joined: Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:35 am Posts: 32 Location: Valdez, Alaska
Man, it looks like you guys have had an even tougher time of it than we have! I couldn't believe how little snow there was down low a couple weeks ago when I took the ferry over there. All the way from Whittier to Anchorage there was just grass on the side of the road. Good to see your snow's getting better too. That early season drought was brutal.
Around here there's still a deep-slab instability problem, but it's mostly further into the Interior now. Seems like most of it closer to the coast has already come down if it's going to, or has been rounded by the warming events we've had. In the last few weeks or so it's mostly been wind slab and storm slab that we've been concerned about, which is more typical over here. Depth is highly variable, but coverage is decent. Now if only we could get some decent light. It's been overcast/foggy nearly every day this year, aside from the handful of clear but seriously windy days. I guess I need to learn to deal with flat light, but it still spooks me, especially when I'm out solo.